Most everyone has attempted the holiday craft of baking and building a gingerbread house. But have you tried your hand at creating a mid century gingerbread house? These baked architectural beauties are not for the faint of heart! From butterfly rooflines to stacked fences, no detail is overlooked. These deserts are so stunning that we would almost feel bad for eating them.
Palm Springs Gingerbread House
Laura Gummer made this stunning house for A Beautiful Mess and we cant get enough of her thoughtful details.
Royal icing is your friend. If you’ve made a gingerbread house before, you can probably sing your own praises about royal icing. It’s great because you can make big batches of it, tint it as needed, and use it in lots of different ways. You can spread it with a spatula for larger areas of color (like I did on the sides of my house), or you can put it into a baggie, cut off the corner tip, and use it as decorative piping or to glue something in place. I used this recipe this year.
To see the full house, click here.
Cliff May-Inspired Gingerbread House
Jenny of Delicious in Denver not only created an exquisite mid mod gingerbread dream home, but she got incredibly creative with materials.
Taking inspiration from the Cliff May Home Tour I went on a few months back during Modernism Week, I picked a classic example of his clean, modular architecture and used a photo to model a floor plan and design template. The template which you can DOWNLOAD HERE to make your very own mid-century gingerbread house takes all the legwork out of building a house from scratch. You just print and cut out guide pieces to lay on the rolled-out gingerbread dough, then slice the dough using a straight edge ruler and a knife (or Star Trek pizza cutter, if you are so inclined). Then you assemble with royal icing and let your creativity guide the decorating!